Situated on the east coast of Tasmania, this magical and remote landscape showcases stunning vertical sea cliffs unrivalled in the southern hemisphere, secluded beaches, tall forests and the World Heritage Listed Port Arthur Penal Station. Our Three Capes self-guided walk is for those that want a ‘Pack-Free’ experience walking with as little as a day pack with the flexibility to choose how far you walk each day. You’ll walk ‘Cape Raoul’ and ‘Cape Hauy’, plus walk the spectacular rainforest trail of the Tasman Coastal trail as well as Mount Brown and Crescent Bay which overlooks Cape Pillar.
Please note the Three Capes Track walk which is run by Parks Tasmania spends three and a half days walking just the one cape of ‘Cape Pillar’ with an optional side trip to ‘Cape Hauy’ taking 4 days. Our walk includes 2 of the Capes… Cape Raoul and Cape Hauy plus 2 sensational coastal walks offering some of the best scenery on the Tasman Peninsula.
Optional hire of an EPIRB/PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) is available if required at an additional cost.
DEPARTURE TIME: 7.30am
TRANSFERS: Meet your driver at 7.30am for the 2 hour transfer to the start of your walk. Whilst you are walking your overnight bags will be dropped at your accommodation. Upon completion of your walk, your local driver will meet you and transfer you back to Stewarts Bay and your awaiting cosy accommodation.
WALK GRADE: 16km return trip. Medium-grade. Average-to-decent fitness required. 5-6 hours walking, with frequent breaks.
TERRAIN: Well-maintained, gravel trails with few-to-no trip or slip hazards. Some large hills to descend and climb.
Our walk begins at the southern end of the Tasman National Park (at the time of writing, Tasmania’s newest National Park). Beginning with a climb up a shallow gradient, we embark through a wet sclerophyll forest, the canopy dominated by mess-mate stringybark and Tasmanian blue gum. As we near the top of our ascent, these large eucalypts give way to open woodland, populated by endemic silver peppermints. From here, high atop a 450-metre cliff, we can see all the way out to the end of Cape Raoul and our destination. Next, we descend through a cool, south-facing slope populated by ferns, musk and dogwood, before we reach the plateau of Cape Raoul and the gorgeous, thick coastal heathland. Finally, we will arrive at the tip of the cape, where we are greeted with stunning views of the rugged coast and a small Australian fur seal haul at the base of the cliffs.
Upon our return to the car park, where you will meet your local driver, it is but a 25 minute return journey to your accommodation and a dinner of delicious Tasmanian produce in the Lodge’s restaurant.
TRANSFERS: A 30-minute drive, from your accommodation to the start of the walk. Meet your driver at 8:00 am after breakfast at the restaurant entrance. Upon completion of your walk, your driver will meet you in Fortescue Bay, to take you back to your accommodation.
WALK GRADE: 17.6km. Medium-to-hard-grade. Good fitness required. 6.5-8.5 hours walking, with frequent breaks.
TERRAIN: Rugged and un-graded trail with fallen trees and branches to climb over. Can be muddy and slippery after rain. Steep climb at the start of the day. Day total includes 1km of ascent and 1.2km of descent.
WALK ITINERARY: We begin the day with a climb through a mixed forest, punctuated with Tasmanian rainforest species, as we follow a Camp Creek up Lichen Hill. Reaching the summit, we are given wonderful views to the north of Maria Island and the Freycinet Peninsula. Descending the southern side, we trail through remnant myrtle forests, survivors of the 1967 bushfires, which wiped out most of the cloud-induced rainforest that once grew here. The habitat dries out as we once-again reach the coast and travel atop the high cliff-line path, with views out to Cape Hauy and the Hippolyte Rocks. Dropping back down to sea level, in Bivouac Bay, we then climb up and over a hill, into Canoe Bay, where the shipwreck of the William Pitt lies foundered. From here we skirt around the coast, until finding ourselves on the gleaming white sands of the objectively beautiful Fortescue Bay. From here a 35 minute drive will bring you back to your accommodation and the pleasures that await.
TRANSFERS: After breakfast, your driver will meet you the restaurant entrance and drive you the 35 minutes back to Fortescue Bay, where you finished yesterday’s walk, and where you will begin today’s. Upon completion of your walk your driver will meet you and take you back to the accommodation.
WALK GRADE: 10km return. Average-to-decent fitness required. 4-5 hours walking, with frequent breaks.
TERRAIN: Well maintained track, consisting of stone stairs and gravelled paths. Distance is short, but includes 4488 stairs.
ITINERARY: Beginning in Fortescue Bay, we head east along the coast of Cape Hauy. Climbing through a habitat of oyster bay pines and native cherry, we eventually reach a plateau, and trail through a heathland of flowers. Coming eventually to a stunning lookout, we are graced with views out to the end of Cape Hauy. Descending and ascending a number of times, we reach the end of the walk, where we find the famous Totem Pole, jutting out from the sea below us, with exceptional views in every direction. Heading back to the carpark you will find your driver who will take you back to the accommodation. This afternoon enjoy free time, you may like to visit the nearby historic Port Arthur or simply relax at the lodge.
TRANSFERS: After breakfast, your driver will arrive to pick you up, along with all your luggage and personal belongings. It is then a 20-minute drive to the Remarkable Cave car park, where you will begin your walk. Upon completion of your walk, your driver will slowly head back to Hobart with optional stops on the way available at the Lavender Farm, Vineyard and or Chocolate Factory.
WALK GRADE: 7km return. Easy-grade. Average fitness required. 3-4 hours (depending on time spent at beach).
TERRAIN: Boardwalks and gravel footpaths. Short climb up Mt. Brown involves walking up ungraded rock slabs – easy but, can be slippery in the wet.
ITINERARY: Beginning just next to Remarkable Cave, we sidle along the coast, going through beautiful heathlands, which belie the rugged cliffs and pounding swell all around us. Passing over heavily rooted sand dunes, we span a blowhole before coming to the intersection of Mt. Brown and Crescent Bay. Climbing Mt. Brown gives some of the best views the peninsula has to offer nestled, as it is, between Cape Raoul and Cape Pillar. After descending, it is an easy diversion down into Crescent Bay and the beautiful sands and large dunes which loom above it.
Heading back to the car park, your driver will meet you and transfer you to the Lavender Farm for a special celebratory lunch. Afterwards, your driver will take you back to Hobart at the end of your fabulous journey. (Please advise your driver if you need to be dropped off directly at Hobart airport).
ARRIVAL TIME: 3:30pm
With self-guided walks we run scheduled departures every week from September to the end of April.
We do not run self-guided walks from May to August due to shorter days making it hard to complete walks in daylight hours.
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$ 2199 /p
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$ 2099 /p
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$ Xtras /p
For 2 people travelling together and each person wants their own room. We will place you in a 2 bedroom chalet and each person will need to pay a single supplement cost for their room. Subject to availability at time of booking.
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